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The Temple

Prophecy Update: The Temple                       July 24, 2020

After Israel won the Six-Day War in 1967, preparations to rebuild the Temple began. Two organizations have been at the forefront of this endeavor: The Temple Mount Faithful and The Temple Institute. Some Christians have been involved in this endeavor. Some Christians have rejected this endeavor. Why the disparity? This update will focus on the rebuilding of the Temple and why God wants this done.

Why is the third temple so important?

“The Hebrew prophets all proclaimed that in the last days, the exiles of Israel would return to the Promised Land and that the Temple would be rebuilt. “Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.”  (Ezekiel 37:28) So many skeptics around the globe like to proclaim that God has rejected the People of Israel and that Israel has been rebirthed by man alone.  Yet, we find in Scripture that God never intended to reject His People forever: “You, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend, you whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.”  (Isaiah 41:9)”

Israel exists because of the plan of God. As King David writes in Psalm 121:4, “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” It is God’s plan that a Temple exist in Jerusalem. The original purpose of the Temple is for God to dwell with His people. 

Notice how God first dwelt with his people: Adam and Eve walked with God physically in the garden.

“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8

After the fall, God placed a separation between God and man. An angel with a flaming sword blocked access to the Garden of Eden. God wanted to dwell with His people physically and that is why He built the Temple.

“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8

From the time of Moses until the Babylonian exile, God dwelt among His people. God left the Temple before King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it in 586 BC.  After the return of the Jews to Jerusalem, God ordered His people to rebuild the Temple.

There are five parallels between the Second Temple and the Tribulation Temple.

  1. God ordered Cyrus to send the people back to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying: “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” Ezra 1:1-2

For some reason, the Jews think that they need permission from the nations to rebuild the Temple. Trump, Putin to rebuild Temple. “Sanhedrin to Trump-Putin: Fulfill Cyrus-like role in Jerusalem. Eyeing what appears to be a twice-in-history opportunity, the organization called the Sanhedrin has called on U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to join forces and back the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.” Strangely, President Trump did fulfill this role on May 14, 2018 when he declared Jerusalem the eternal, undivided capital of Israel. The Jews minted a coin with Cyrus and Trump next to each other. This leads us to the second parallel.

  • God stirred up a remnant of people to rebuild the Temple.  Most Israelites remained in captivity in Babylon.  Jews settled into their new homes in Babylon, and over the years, many scattered eastward all the way to China. Most did not return to Israel.

“Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.” Ezra 1:5

Today, small groups of people are concerned with building the Temple. God has stirred the hearts of some Evangelical Christians and Orthodox Jews to rebuild the Temple and pray for its completion. 1967 was the pivotal year for rebuilding the Temple because Israel captured Jerusalem. Two groups formed: Gershom Solomon formed the Temple Mount Faithful and Rabbi Yisrael Ariel founded The Temple Institute.  The Temple Institute prepared all of the articles for the Temple and trained the Levites in sacrifices. When they rebuild the Temple, very few will support it and understand its significance.

  • The Temple was built in a time of conflict.

“So they set up the altar on its foundation, for they were terrified because of the peoples of the lands; and they offered burnt offerings on it to the LORD, burnt offerings morning and evening.” Ezra 3:3

Deadly riots on the temple mount. “After fringe Jewish group attempts to lay cornerstone for a “third temple” in 1990, Palestinians riot and Israeli police fire live bullets into the mob. On October 8, 1990, members of the “Temple Mount Faithful” fringe Jewish group set out to the Temple Mount, holy to both Jews and Muslims, in order to lay a cornerstone for the “third temple.” The rioting, death and injury that followed would set off a new round of violence, worldwide condemnation of Israel, and investigations on two sides of the globe.” In fact, the Temple Mount Faithful have been marching to the Temple Mount every year since 1970. Notice how they are called a fringe group.

  • Abomination-of-desolation. “First fulfillment of the abomination of desolation: Daniel prophesied that a successor to one of Alexander the Great’s generals would set up an “abomination of desolation” (Daniel 11:31). The Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes was the “king of the North” who fulfilled this. He outlawed all forms of Jewish worship; and other practices, including circumcision, were forbidden on pain of death. Sacrifices were to be offered instead to various pagan deities. Then in 167 B.C. an altar to the Greek god Zeus was set up at God’s temple in Jerusalem. Swine, biblically unclean animals, were offered on this new altar, further desecrating the holy place.”

God tells us that the Temple will be desecrated in the end times.

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

A Temple has to exist for Anti-Christ to desecrate it. It will be an abomination because the Temple is God’s Temple. I cannot understand how Christians say that the Tribulation Temple is Satan’s temple when God says it is His Temple. It also is not an abomination if it is not God’s temple!

  • War came when Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the Temple. The Maccabees are described for us in Daniel as those who know their God and display strength and take action. They fought and won back the Temple. When they went to purify the Temple, they only had enough oil to light the Menorah for one day, but it stayed lit for eight days. This is when the feast of Hanukkah was instituted.

“By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32

The next Abomination of Desolation is going to bring the war of Armageddon.

Build the temple. “The Talmud mentions five things lacking in Zerubbabel’s Temple that were found in Solomon’s, that is, the ark, the sacred fire, the shekinah glory, the Holy Spirit, and the Urim and Thummim.” These conditions existed when Jesus came to the Temple. It is important for us to see that our Lord held a high view of the Temple.

Jesus first entered the Temple as a baby.

“And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” Luke 2:22-24

The first thing to note is that Jesus’ parents brought him to the Temple to fulfill the law of God. God sent Simeon to greet them and prophesy:

“And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Your people Israel.” Luke 2:27, 30-32

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Jesus was dedicated at the Temple and now God, Jesus in the flesh, dwelt among His people again.

What was Jesus’ attitude toward the Temple?  We learn about Jesus’ attitude towards the Temple when He was 12 years old. Every year it was the habit of the family to go up to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. This particular time, Jesus stayed behind and was at the Temple for three days. His parents thought they had lost Jesus and searched for him and finally found him at the Temple.

“And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Luke 2:49   Wow! Jesus wanted to be at the Temple because it was His Father’s house. This is high praise for the Temple.

Next, we see Jesus driving out the money-changers.

 “Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a robber’s den.” Luke 19:45-46.

Jesus quoted from Isaiah 56:7 that the Temple was a house of prayer for all of the nations. That is a reason to have a Temple today!

Next, we see Jesus driving out the money changers with a whip and saying,

“and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business. His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.” John 2:16-17.   Jesus was zealous for the Temple.

There are two problems facing those who wish to rebuild: land and the red heifer. In order to rebuild the Temple, they will need a pure red heifer for the ritual purification. Everyone is excited about this one because in four weeks a pure red heifer can fulfill the requirements of Numbers 19. God will certainly raise up the red heifer when it is time to rebuild. Numbers 19 describes the law regarding the red heifer, used for ritual purification. When this problem is solved the second problem arises. Where do you build the temple? The answer to that question would require another lesson. Have a great weekend everyone and keep looking up!

The Temple – God Draws Near to His People – Part 1 (7-26-20) https://fccdl.in/NUn5VkBsLs?st=7

The Temple – Part 2 (8-02-20) https://fccdl.in/qMG56XF70s?st=7

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Wars and Rumors of Wars: Israel

Prophecy Update: Wars and Rumors of War: Israel              7/16/20

The Bible is very clear. God always intended to bring Israel back to her land in the end times. History teaches us that some churches and most governments oppose Jews. This update will focus on the biblical teaching regarding the reestablishment of Israel, those who oppose it, and the current threat to Israel. I will contrast teaching from Bible teachers who either eliminate Israel from the text or celebrate God’s plan for Israel.

First up is John Calvin and C.H. Spurgeon and their view of Jeremiah 32:41.  

“I will rejoice over them to do them good and will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.” Jeremiah 32:41

The Lord promised to bring Israel back to the Promised Land and plant them there. Notice how Calvin allegorized the text while Spurgeon taught it as spoken to us clearly by God.

John Calvin:  “When Christians explain this passage and the like, they leave out the liberation of the people from Babylonish exile, as though these prophecies did not belong at all to that time; in this they are mistaken. And the Jews, who reject Christ, stop in that earthly deliverance. But the Prophets, as I have said, begin with the return of the people, but they set Christ also in the middle, that the faithful might know that that return was but a slight taste of the full grace, which was alone to be expected from Christ; for it was then, indeed, that God really planted his people.”

Spurgeon: “We cannot help looking for the restoration of the scattered Israelites to the land which God has given to them by a covenant of salt.”

Calvin never looked for the restoration of the Jews because he did not believe that God would ever do that. He read the New Testament back into the Old Testament until the promises of God towards His nation Israel were eliminated. Spurgeon, on the other hand, exulted in the national seed of Abraham and all of the promises that would someday be fulfilled.  Calvin: “Calvin taught that there would be no land given to Jews fulfilling the divine promise. Like Augustine, Calvin taught that the Christian church had become the new spiritual Israel, the amalgam of Jew and Gentile, whereby past ethnic identity had become null and void.”

The current crisis in Israel reveals once again the split among Christian churches. Churches that think like Calvin oppose Israel being in the land. Churches that read the Scriptures like Spurgeon celebrate sovereign covenantal grace covering Israel through the promises of God. Those promises include:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine and all the hills will be dissolved. Also, I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; they will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, and make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them, Says the LORD your God.” Amos 9:13-15

“For behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah. The LORD says, I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it.” Jeremiah 30:3

“But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come.” Ezekiel 36:8

Horatius Bonar believed in the Scriptures and the importance of Israel. In 1847 he wrote eloquently of the importance of Israel to the end times.  

Bonar. “I am one of those who believe in Israel’s restoration and conversion; who receive it as a future certainty, that all Israel shall be gathered, and that all Israel shall be saved. As I believe in Israel’s present degradation, so do I believe in Israel’s coming glory and preeminence. I believe that God’s purpose regarding our world can only be understood by understanding God’s purpose as to Israel. I believe that all human calculations as to the earth’s future, whether political or scientific, or philosophical or religious, must be failures, if not taking for their data or basis God’s great purpose regarding the latter-day standing of Israel.”

Notice the phrase: ‘God’s purpose regarding our world can only be understood by understanding God’s purpose as to Israel.’ It cannot be overstated that the world is on a collision course with Israel. All of Scripture testifies that the nations will unite in opposition of Israel. This is the case today!

Israel annexation plan. “The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned Israel on Monday not to proceed along the “dangerous path” of annexing a swathe of occupied Palestinian territory, urging the Government to listen to its own former senior officials along with the “multitude of voices around the world.””

European ministers seek to stop Israel annexation. “Foreign ministers from 11 European countries have demanded the EU quickly provide them with a list of possible actions to stop Israel annexing large parts of the occupied West Bank. “The possible annexation by Israel of parts of the occupied Palestinian territory remains a matter of grave concern for the EU and its member states,” the letter said.”

There are threatening letters promising legal action against Israel and then there are threats of war. Recently Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority threatened to go to war over annexation.

How Jordan responded to Israeli’s annexation plans. “Israel is considering annexation of parts of the West Bank, potentially reversing decades of its own policy that called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The discussion over annexation—which was ramped up after US

President Donald Trump rolled out a peace plan in January—has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and instability in Israel’s unity government. Missing from much of the discussion is Israel’s neighbor to the East, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is home to millions of Palestinians, mostly descendants of refugees, and asserts itself as a protector of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, giving it unique say over status quo issues in Jerusalem and concerns about threats to Palestinian rights. On July 7, Jordan, Egypt, France and Germany issued a historic joint statement opposing Israel’s annexation plans. This could lead to conflict and also strain Israel-Jordan relations, which are rooted in a 1994 peace agreement that the United States helped broker. Israel has appeared to climb down from maximalist annexation plans and will forego annexing the Jordan valley, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims any annexation will advance peace. The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel’s plans and Jordanian media is paying close attention to Washington’s next moves.”

Most Jordanians see annexation as a declaration of war. “In May, King Abdullah II of Jordan had warned in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel that annexation of the West Bank would lead to a “massive conflict” with his kingdom.”

Turkey is increasingly becoming a threat to Israel. “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara will “liberate” Al-Aqsa. The rising chorus of anti-Israel statements from Turkey, particularly when it comes to the toxic blending of religious and extreme nationalist rhetoric from the ruling party, is becoming an increasing threat to Israel and regional stability. After Turkey announced that it would turn the museum of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would next “liberate” Al-Aqsa. In recent months, Turkey’s religious affairs ministry and other voices in the government have repeatedly pushed a message claiming they want to “unite the Islamic community” against the State of Israel. For both Iran and Turkey’s current leaders, the rise in religious extremism points toward a desire to mobilize the region against Israel.”

Ankara condemns burning of Turkish flag in Jerusalem. “A group of nine Israelis on Monday burned the Turkish flag in front of Turkey’s Consulate in the occupied east Jerusalem to protest Turkey’s decision to turn Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. We strongly condemn the burning of our flag during a demonstration held near the Consulate General of Turkey in Jerusalem on July 13, 2020,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “No one has the right to desecrate our glorious flag. We demand the perpetrators of this heinous act be brought to justice as soon as possible and held accountable,” the statement added.”

Long time rivals unite against Israel. “Jibril Rajoub, senior official from the Palestinian ruling Fatah faction said last week that they will work together with Hamas to achieve an independent Palestinian state and foil Israel-American “conspiracies” against the Palestinians. “We will lead our battle together under the flag of Palestine to achieve an independent sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and solving the issue of the refugees on the basis of international resolutions,” Rajoub said. Arouri said that Hamas would resort to “all forms of struggle and resistance against the annexation plan” and that Israel should not “disregard the Palestinian determination” to oppose the annexation at all costs, according to YNet News.

Tracking churches response to annexation. “The Lutheran World Federation with World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance issued a statement on 29 June calling for an end to the occupation and for a resumption of dialogue to build lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.  (June 29, 2020)

Churches and charities oppose annexation. “Church leaders from the United Reformed Church (URC), Church of Scotland, Quakers in Britain, Methodist Church, Church of England and Catholic Church have called on the UK government to help deter annexation of the West Bank.”

Three wars are imminent. These wars are related in Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Ezekiel 38-39.

Psalm 83 describes for us a continuous war with the neighbors of Israel. These neighbors have an everlasting hatred of Jews. Since 1948 they have planned, purposed, and executed wars against Israel.

Ezekiel 35:5-6 describes God’s attitude towards these people:

“Because you have had everlasting enmity and have delivered the sons of Israel to the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, at the time of the punishment of the end, therefore as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, I will give you over to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you; since you have not hated bloodshed, therefore bloodshed will pursue you.”

The Arab world has shed innocent Jewish blood and they have not repented. God is very clear that He hates the shedding of innocent blood. The Arab states now exist in a state of war with Israel.  They fund terrorist organizations.  They sanction the murder of Jewish families. The Lord will punish their murderous ways.

Isaiah 17 describes the conflict with Syria in the destruction of Damascus. The war with Syria is ongoing, almost daily some fighting occurs between Israel and Iran in Syria. Forces are gathering even now as Russia, Turkey, and Iran seek for ways to stop Israel and steal her land and resources. This will lead to the Gog Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39. After Israel defeats Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad, Israel will face the combined forces of many nations led by Russia, Turkey, and Iran. God will deliver Israel in another great demonstration to the world that He alone is God and that He alone can save people. The Egyptians will also see the judgment of God for their part in hating on Israel. Isaiah 19 describes for us a time when God will judge Israel severely for her idolatry!

My final thoughts about Israel:

America is connected to Israel in many ways. The world wants to bring down America for the sin of supporting Israel, treating Jews with respect and love, and protecting the Jewish state. America is at the center of Satan’s desire to destroy. America has protected Jews and Christians, sent out countless missionaries, and prayed for the worldwide fulfillment of the Great Commission. Satan mistakenly believes if he can bring down America that he can destroy Israel.  This will NOT happen! God will show Himself mighty when He establishes Israel and saves her by the blood of the Lamb! God promises that all of Israel will be saved. Pray for America that we would repent and turn to the Lord as a nation. Pray for Israel that she turns to the Lord in the time of the tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble. What a great time to be alive!

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Wars and China

Prophecy Update: Wars and Rumors of Wars           7/10/20

The last few weeks have seen many nations attacking each other and threatening greater conflict. China and India went to blows and over 80 people killed. China is an existential threat to the United States and the western democracies. Conflict exists between China and many other nations including Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand, South Korea, and Vietnam.

China has a wish, to dominate the world! The problem is that several other nations want to dominate the world. This update will focus on China and the rumors of war that surround all things Chinese. Here are two Bible verses that focus on God’s view of the world. God determined that war and rumors of war would dominate human history until the end.

“even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” Daniel 9:26c

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.” Matthew 24:6-7

These verses point out the biblical truth that wars will come.  Why do wars come?  They come from sinful human beings that reject God and His ways. Half of the nations of the world share the totalitarian vision of the communist Chinese. The 20th century saw two World Wars; we are ready for the next one.

The World at War in 2020 “May 8, 2020 marked 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe – VE Day. While the conflict which claimed millions of lives on European soil is firmly committed to the annals of history, conflict in the East of the continent is still a harsh reality in the present day. The Ukrainian crisis, ravaging the Donbass region of the country, has so far amassed a death toll around the 13 thousand mark. A large portion of the globe is engulfed in some form of conflict.” It is through this region that China is trying to gain a foothold with the One Belt, One Road initiative. This move by the Chinese is an attempt to use land mass as a way of dominating the world. Standing in her way is India!

India vs. China. “In the midst of the border standoff between the two countries, the government of India banned 59 Chinese apps, including the widely popular TikTok. The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties, but it is yet to give out the details.”

The Defense Post. “Despite shared economic opportunities, border disputes continue to haunt India and China’s relationship. After 60 years, the two countries are once again engaged in a bloody mini-war in the Himalayas. China-India tensions will persist because they are tethered to the ensuing US-China Cold War, which itself is a titanic battle over who will dominate the world – sea-power or land power. America rules the waves and sets the terms and conditions for the vast majority of global commerce. China, on the other hand, is busy building a land bridge across Eurasia, which would undermine US maritime dominance.”

In May of 2019 the Chinese government decided to decouple itself from the United States economically. They are hard at work instituting standards for technology that bypass the United States. The problem is that technology from China is used to control, manipulate, and steal information.  The Belt and Road initiative goal is to enslave as many people that they can in the world. They hate Christianity, the Bill of Rights, Freedom, and especially freedom of speech. The United States still dominates shipping lanes on the sea. China is trying to shut down the shipping lanes in Southeast Asia.

Breaking Israel News reports the following:  China Threatens to Blow up US Aircraft Carriers. “The US sent two carrier groups to the South China Sea in a show of force intended to intimidate China in its aggressive takeover of a disputed archipelago. China responded by boasting of its “wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons”, claiming that the mega-warships operated “at the pleasure of the PLA [People’s Liberation Army]”. The response by the US Navy was short and to the point: “Not intimidated.” China was clearly displeased with the presence of two nuclear aircraft carriers and accompanying warships in their backyard. Global Times, a daily tabloid newspaper under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party, tweeted a clear threat, mentioning two missiles claimed to be capable of sinking an aircraft carrier.”

US Paratroopers Stage Mock Raid on Guam  “More than 400 US paratroopers parachuted onto Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base on Tuesday in what the Air Force said was the largest mock air raid there in recent memory. Meanwhile, in the nearby Philippine Sea, two US aircraft carriers are performing combat drills. Last week, the USS Nimitz and her sister ship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, drilled in the waterway that separates Guam from Taiwan; this week, the Nimitz was joined by the USS Ronald Reagan, which sailed from Japan to take part in the drills.” China is winning the war with the United States because they are fighting a hot war in two areas: information warfare and economic warfare. Americans still believe that China is not at war with us and that is our weakness! The Trump Administration fought back in a big way last week.

FCC Designates Huawei, ZTE National Security Threats.  “The U.S. has gradually moved to block Huawei from using American technology in its products and to remove Huawei equipment from U.S. telecom networks, mainly in rural areas, due to security risks. ”With this decision, we are sending a clear message: the U.S. Government, and this @FCC  in particular, cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit vulnerabilities in U.S. communications networks and compromise our critical communications infrastructure.” President Trump is the first president to recognize that we are at war and is doing something to stop the Chinese. What happened in India last week may happen here! Here is an article about that:

TikTok May Lose Up To $6 Billion As Result Of India Ban; Users Urged To Delete App.  “The ban in India has made headlines—the problems for TikTok, though, are much worse. This is likely just the start of a clampdown that has been months if not years in the making and which threatens to undermine the staggering success the platform has enjoyed, becoming one of the soaraway stars of the coronavirus lockdown. The broader Indian ban was welcomed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who applauded the country’s “clean app” approach and claimed such apps serve as an extension of China’s “surveillance state.”

As many of you know, I have been writing and talking about war with China for many years. After I read Unrestricted Warfare: China’s Master Plan to Destroy America, I  followed how the Chinese  conducted the war against us. It is very discouraging to see how many politicians are bought and paid for by the communist Chinese. Governors, mayors, and business leaders participate with the Chinese and undermine the United States. In fact, since January, the President has been sending out administration officials to talk about war with China. Here is an example:

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions.  Remarks delivered by National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien on June 24, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. “The challenge the Chinese Communist Party poses to the United States and our allies is of critical importance to us right now. My remarks are the first of several speeches senior Administration officials will give on this matter over the next few weeks. You will soon hear from Secretary of State Pompeo, Attorney General Barr, and FBI Director Chris Wray on the subject.” Chris Wray’s speech was a declaration of war.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has already made several speeches about China.  The most important one was in February. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say next. To say that the administration is in an all-out blitz is an understatement!

O’Brien went on to say,  “America, under President Trump’s leadership, has finally awoken to the threat the Chinese Communist Party’s actions and the threat they pose to our very way of life. For decades, conventional wisdom in both U.S. political parties, the business community, academia, and media, has held that it was only a matter of time before China would become more liberal, first economically and, then, politically. The more we opened our markets to China, the thinking went, the more we invested capital in China, the more we trained PRC bureaucrats, scientists, engineers, and even military officers, the more China would become like us.” How could this happen: “The answer is simple: because we did not pay heed to the CCP’s ideology. Instead of listening to what CCP leaders were saying and reading what they wrote in their key documents, we closed our ears and our eyes. We believed what we wanted to believe—that the Party members were communist in name only.”

This speech is so important that I wish all of you to read it.  You can find it on the hyperlink. 

Here is another quote from the speech that I ask you to pray about. It tells us the true nature of what we face: “The Party General Secretary Xi Jinping sees himself as Josef Stalin’s successor. In fact, as the journalist and former Australian government official John Garnaut has noted, the Chinese Communist Party is the last “ruling communist party that never split with Stalin, with the partial exception of North Korea.” This means that China under Xi Jinping will not stop until he has enslaved everyone on earth!

Now China is picking a fight with Russia. The TFIPost.com writes about this.

This is our land,’ China now claims Russia’s Vladivostok as part of its territory.  “China doesn’t want friends. It doesn’t want peaceful borders either. The only thing that China wants is territory- more and more of it. An expansionist China is already claiming maritime territory and islands within the territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of other countries in the South China Sea and Japanese islands in the East China Sea. Chinese internet users, including diplomats and officials, claim that Vladivostok used to be a part of China. They claim it was Qing’s Manchurian homeland but was annexed by the Russian empire in 1860 after China was defeated by the British and the French during the Second Opium war.”

It is very clear to anyone who has eyes to see that God is moving the nations to war. War serves God’s goals in two ways. Either freeing people or judging nations! In this case, judging nations is at hand. Another book regarding China and wars and rumors of war was published last year.

Stealth War – How China Took Over While American’s Elite Slept by General Robert Spalding.  He writes,

“Flying quietly below the radar, the CCP has been acquiring technology without paying a cent toward developing it, carefully taking control of the world’s shipping businesses, infiltrating our corporations and science laboratories, and using American investor dollars to float the cost of its own factories and companies— and then, adding in­sult to injury, insisting that that money stay in China. Perhaps nothing threatens the CCP more than the Con­stitution of the United States. China’s president, Xi Jinping, has stated as much, and CCP documents that I will share make clear that fundamental American concepts—the rights of free speech and freedom of religion—are threats to the authoritarian power of the CCP, which believes that these liberties must never be allowed to take root in China and must never be the rights of Chinese citizens. Spalding’s concern isn’t merely that America could lose its position on the world stage. More urgently, the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights.”

China opposes the rights that Americans possess because they are rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Chinese communist party is committed to atheism. The communist Chinese worship communism as this article explains:  Open Doors USA:

“The Chinese government wants to “sinicize” every religious ideology in the country—meaning, to make beliefs, including Christianity, fall in line with their interpretation of Communism. The government even banned the online sale of Bibles in 2018. Religion is banned from the public sphere, and teachers and medical staff have been pressured to sign documents saying they have no religious faith. In some areas, elderly people have been told that their pensions will be cut if they don’t renounce their Christian faith. Christians are suffering not only due to the introduction of new laws but also the stricter implementation of already existing ones.”

The Lord will not put up with this very long. This article from christianpersecutionnews is horrifying. It explains the lengths the Communist Party is willing to go to persecute those they hate:

“WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two stories originating from the concentration camps in Xinjiang province, China, shocked the world this week. China has again tightened its squeeze of a vulnerable ethnic population by enforcing pregnancy checks and forced sterilization on hundreds of thousands of Uyghur women to reduce the ethnic and religious minority’s birth rates. An Associated Press investigation reveals, “The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show.”

Is Christian persecution on the way in America? Look at California for the answer. The Chinese Communist Party has invested billions of dollars into overseas propaganda operations to great effect in California. Governor Newsome advocates the Chinese view over the Constitution of the United States of America. The BL.com reports, “Gov. Gavin Newsom has decided to ignore the Trump administration’s advice to ease social distancing measures and will further tighten CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus restrictions by ordering Golden State residents to wear a face mask when in “high-risk situations.” The Governor also has attacked the church mimicking his communist overlords. He told the churches they cannot sing—seriously? The rocks will cry out!! I watched several churches in California this last Sunday sing and told the governor that they would rather obey God!  OneNewsNow.com writes about this:

Take note: Believers won’t be muted by guv’s order.  “When he’s going to say you can’t sing, at that point we draw the line,” the pastor tells OneNewsNow, “because singing is a command from God – and Caesar cannot tell us in what way and in what manner we obey God and it is, however, in Newsom’s political DNA to issue such repressive restrictions.”

The communists among us know that Christians are protected. The greatest document for government, outside of the Bible, is the Declaration of Independence which inspired the Bill of Rights and Constitution.  These documents protect Christians.  Americans and Christians have been under the leadership of these documents for 244 years. They afford us protections that very few nations possess. Communists know that they have to destroy the Constitution and replace it. The Chinese Communist Party is in an all-out effort to influence governors to abandon the Constitution. It is happening in several states. Please pray with us against this evil. Thank God that the American Administration is fighting back.

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